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The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
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it was amazing
bookshelves: pride-prejudice-homage-sequels, favorites
Read in October, 2009

I have read virtually every sequel and re-imagining of Jane Austen's books and life, and this is one of the BEST!!!

Syrie James does an exceptional job of convincing you that this truly IS Jane Austen's lost journal. She captures precisely the tone, style and language of Jane's time, she does a masterful job of speaking in what seems perfectly Jane's voice, and her imagining of "what might have been" is utterly captivating and delightful!!

As an added bonus, if you've read all of Austen's books, you will notice circumstances, people and conversations in the "memoir" of Austen's life as you read that will demonstrate how certain parts of the books "might" have been inspired by "real" events in Austen's own life. It's lots of fun to look behind the books, so to speak and James does a terrific job in mixing those scenes in quite naturally. They pop up as lovely surprises throughout the book and will certainly make you nostalgic for Austen's books and may even encourage you to re-read them yet again.

It is clear that James did a tremendous amount of research about Austen's life, because the fictional account of Jane's life is seamlessly woven in with real, factual people, places, and events from Jane's real life and times. This really adds to the feeling as you read that you've been given the tremendous opportunity to peek into Jane's journal somehow.

The story itself - without including any spoilers - is sweet, and endearing and if you are a true Jane Austen fan as I am, I am certain that it will leave you satisfied, albeit also feeling a little bittersweet. If you are a Jane fan you simply MUST read this book. It's simply wonderful!!!
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